What happens if I spill water on my bench-top?

Spilling water on benchtop

Spills on bench-tops are inevitable. At Modern Power Solutions, we get asked this question a lot:

What happens if I have a pop up power outlet installed and someone spills water on the bench?

The short answer is: most of our models are designed for kitchens and designed to withstand spills safely. In this blog post, we'll go through this in more depth. 


If water is spilled on your countertop in the vicinity of your pop up power outlet, and the power outlet is wet, the first thing we recommend is to switch off or disconnect the power going to the unit from either under the bench or your household electrical control panel.

Once the power is disconnected, you can then proceed to drying any water on the unit as well as above and below the bench-top. Once the water has been dried, we recommend waiting a further 24 hours before reconnecting power to the unit. From here, you can continue using the pop up power outlet as normal.

Installation considerations

Depending on your local building and electrical regulations, it is suggested that a pop up power outlet is installed at least 0.8m or 3ft away from a water source or sink. This will help reduce large volumes of water from coming into contact with your product, which could otherwise cause long-term damage. The 0.8m 3ft rule applies in many jurisdictions, but we recommend checking your local laws.

Sealed models

Some models, such as the V3 range, have a seal that protects against water ingress when in the closed position. If water is spilled above the bench-top and the unit is closed, simply drying the area around will allow you to use it again immediately.

Other considerations

Our models are designed for kitchens and to withstand normal kitchen operations. However, we recommend you exercise caution and limit the amount of spills that occur around the product where possible. A circuit breaker such as an RCD or GFCI also add further protection.

Here is a video below featuring the Point Pod product showing what should be done when spills occur.

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